Baking can be an easy task that turns into a catastrophe is you’re not paying attention. Baking mistakes are common, and often lead to inedible food that friends, family, and customers are dissatisfied with. To keep kitchen nightmares to a minimum, here are some tips and tricks to make the oven heat a little more bearable.
Preheat Your Oven
It may seem like a no-brainer, but preheating the oven is the best way to ensure even baking throughout whatever you make. You may have to rotate your pan, since the back of the oven tends to be hotter than the front, which also aids in even cooking.
Measure Ingredients Before Mixing
If you’re experienced in the kitchen, eyeballing ingredient amounts could be your thing. However, it’s best to measure out ingredients beforehand to avoid accidents. Some recipes require exact amounts to achieve the desired effect, making measuring extremely important. It also makes clean up easier, since all the items you need are laid out in front of you and ready to be mixed.
Cream Together Butter and Sugar
Creaming together butter and sugar gives the mixture a lighter, fluffier texture. If you’re cooking in the home, a food processor or stand mixer can do the trick. However, business owners may need to invest in industrial blending machines that allow large batches to be mixed. Make sure the butter is room temperature, not frozen, or else it will be too hard to blend.
Pipe Your Pastry
For beautiful shapes and designs, piping is a good strategy. Using only a Ziploc bag and any mixture you want, you can create fun decorations and surprises. Spoon your mixture into the bag, pressing it into one corner. Snip a small hole in the corner, big enough for the mixture to get through but not too big or the mixture will rush out.
Baking is fun, challenging, and recipes can always use improvement. If you’re looking for smoother dishes for large batches, try an industrial blending machine to even out textures. If you want beautiful designs, use the piping technique. If you want to be a better baker, just keep calm and bake on.